Cooperators sought for on-farm network soybean research in Pa.

The Pennsylvania Soybean Board, along with Penn State Extension, is looking for farm cooperators willing to participate in on-farm network soybean research.

The network works by conducting research in real-world conditions on test plots planted by farmer/collaborators throughout Pennsylvania on their own farms with their own equipment to see which management practices have an appreciable impact on production.

Research for the 2018 growing season will focus on monitoring slugs and performing soil and plant sampling to determine the yield-limiting factors that impact soybean production on a local, regional and statewide level. In western and northern parts of the state, research will also be conducted on plant populations, soybean varieties, and the use and need for fungicide treatments.

The project is open to all soybean producers in Pennsylvania. Growers interested in participating in any of the trials should contact their local Extension educator for more information.

The on-farm network is funded by the soybean checkoff and administered by Penn State.

For more details, contact Del Voight, senior Extension educator, at or 717-270-4391 or Dr. Paul Esker, PSU Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology and Extension specialist, at or 814-360-5459.